US President Donald Trump, who is also a billionaire, paid no income taxes in ten of the last fifteen years. Millions of Americans, who were probably struggling to make ends meet and working multiple jobs to pay their bills, paid thousands of dollars in taxes. POTUS meanwhile, managed to avoid paying income tax for over a decade. Netizens are outraged at this.
According to a report by The New York Times, Trump paid just 750 dollars in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House. Trump has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make his filings public. He reportedly paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years. He also campaigned for office as a billionaire real estate mogul and successful businessman.
Speaking at a news conference at the White House, Trump said that the report was fake news. He added that he has paid taxes, though he gave no specifics. The disclosure comes from tax return data, the Times obtained is extending over two decades. This comes at a pivotal moment ahead of the first presidential debate on Tuesday, 30th September 2020. Also, it comes weeks before a divisive election against Democrat Joe Biden.
The president promised that information about his tax filings will all be revealed. But he offered no timeline for the reveal of this information. He also made similar promises during the 2016 campaign on which he never followed through. The president has in fact fielded court challenges against those seeking access to his returns. This included the U.S. House. It is currently suing for access to Trump’s tax returns as part of congressional oversight.
Netizens Are Outraged and have tweeted in huge numbers
Soon after this disclosure, enraged Americans flooded Twitter with posts about how they paid more taxes than Trump. Despite making a fraction of what Trump did as a real estate giant, the common people are paying more taxes. Politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to share how she had paid thousands of dollars in taxes working as a bartender. Check out Alexandria’s tweet below.
In 2016 & ‘17, I paid thousands of dollars a year in taxes *as a bartender.*
Trump paid $750.
He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses & undocumented immigrants.
Donald Trump has never cared for our country more than he cares for himself. A walking scam. https://t.co/VZChbp8htu
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 28, 2020
Another user tweeted that he is an immigrant and a grad student. He does not get to vote but still, he paid more tax than Presiden Trump.
Yet another tweeted he is a pensioner and yet he pays twice as much as Trump this year.
One more user said that she has spent more on board exams than Trump paid in taxes.
Yet another tweeted that his child pays more tax as a student working part-time than Trump.